As Francois Tigeot has pointed out, recent Mesa upgrades have made very old graphics drivers using DRM1 no longer work. They’ve been removed. This won’t affect you unless your graphics card is 10+ years old.
Your local mirror should have a copy of the release candidate for DragonFly 4.0.0 by now. Please try it out and report problems. Note that this is a x86_64 only version; there’s no i386 version though you may be able to manually build on i386.
Lots of light topic links this week.
- A 50 Year-old Teletype Powered by a Raspberry Pi. (via)
- Found via the same link: teletype restoration.
- Also found: the rotary VoIP phone. I’ve made rotaries work again via ATA, but only for inbound. This, I would love to do.
- How SimCity came to Unix. It’s available now as Micropolis.
- Which reminds me: Magnasanti, the biggest SimCity 3000 city ever. (video)
- The Xerox Alto source code has been released. There’s a nice history at that page. (via)
- Google Summer of Code 2015 has been announced.
- The great thing about regular expression languages is that there are so many to choose from!
- Computing is women’s work, in 1967.
- An interview with Tom Limoncelli. (About LISA)
- Why Hypercard had to die. I taught a Hypercard class to older students during college; it was surprisingly easy to get people with no computer experience to build things. I miss the old “computer as tool” approach Apple had back then.
- Shall we fork Debian? (via)
- Hints for writing Unix tools. (via)
- curl | sh. (via)
- PSA: don’t run ‘strings’ on untrusted files (via several places)
- An excellent description of the social ‘littlenets‘ concept. (via)
- Web frameworks from Wal-Mart. Not a sentence I thought I’d type.
Your unrelated animation of the week: Karateka. I remember discovering this, and laughing and laughing…
This week I was on top of the whole linking thing.
- A Minecraft plugin for FreeNAS.
- PC-BSD has a YouTube channel.
- LibreSSL 2.1.0 is out.
- OpenBSD 5.6 sneak peek.
- Question about the current state of FreeBSD
- Tanenbaum realizes BSD was a better idea. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/13.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/20.
- FreeBSD Foundation goes to EuroBSDCon 2014.
- KDEConnect in PC-BSD.
- Behind OS X’s modern face lies an aging collection of Unix tools. (via)
- NYCBUG is looking for meeting space in 2015.
- The FreeBSD Forums are running new software.
- A 14 year old IP reference.
- NetBSD has imported openresolv 3.6.0.
- Getting snmpwalk to talk to snmpd on FreeBSD.
- PC-BSD (starts to) gain EFI support.
- Security Engineering for Linux Users. (via)
- vxlan, virtio console driver, added to FreeBSD.
- Setting a dedicated serial link on your OpenBSD system.
- Chromium has some issues in OpenBSD-current in some situations.
BSDNow episode 060 bypasses the pun and just commands you to obey. At least, I don’t know the reference if there is one. Anyway, there’s an interview of Olivier Cochard-Labbé of the BSD Router Project, along with the usual array of news.
It’s been possible to install and run clang on DragonFly for a long time, of course, and at least build world with it. However, John Marino is putting in significant work to make clang one of the system compilers, replacing the older gcc44 that’s in DragonFly now. (The newer gcc47 stays.) This won’t be part of the next release, but it should be available soon after.
Writing this now, and hoping I’ll get the server apart and back together fast enough nobody notices.
- BlackBerry: The Endgame. Points out that QNX is/was a problem for the ecosystem.
- Breaking Madden: Edge of Tom-morrow. I love these despite being indifferent to football.
- Measure your open source community’s age to keep it healthy.
- The Bot of Mormon.
- Trouble at the Koolaid point. Rethink the “ignore it and move on” response. (via)
- How tilde.club came together. There’s a potential tilde.club on every BSD machine.
- Following a Select Statement Through Postgres Internals. (via)
- The Imminent Decentralized Computing Revolution. (via)
- slfsrv, a GUI wrapper for command line programs. (via)
- NTK, the archive.
- The Shen of Programming. (via, via)
- TinyScreen, another Kickstarter project, with hardware so small it’s adorable. (via)
- My Philosophy on Alerting. (via) Linking for myself at some point.
The machine this site runs on just had a fan die, so somewhere in the next 24 hours, I’m going to be installing a new fan, and a new hard drive while I’m at it. Expect a few hours of downtime as I rebuild both hardware and software.
Done at the last minute, like always, but surprisingly extensive this week:
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/06.
- FreeBSD Cheatsheet.
- FreeBSD 10.1 RC2 is out.
- Question about the BSD community as a whole.
- mandoc now contains man.
- PC-BSD now has a new Linuxulator and AppCafe.
- GhostBSD 4.0 is out.
- Frequent BSD author Michael W. Lucas is now a fulltime tech author.
- Speaking of that, the first draft of his FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials is up.
- Introducing sysupgrade for NetBSD.
- 37 year old bug, 22 year old fix, patched this month. (via)
- PC-BSD has branched 10.1.
- FreeBSD has netmap support in libpcap.
- FreeBSD’s ipfw has received some updates.
- A PC-BSD 10.0.3 review.
- Building packages at scale.
- MeetBSD 2014 is coming up in California.
- NetBSD 6.1.5 and 6.0.6 are out.
- The third quarter 2014 FreeBSD Status Report is out.
- Send in your OpenBSD dmesg.
- Importing pkg to NetBSD – an idea I support.
Because I missed last week, there’s two BSDNow episodes to catch (assuming you are using me as notification for new ones.) Episode 58, Behind the Masq, has an interview with Matt Ranney and George Kolaand, and a tutorial that includes DNSMasq, for the title source. Episode 59, the title of which I can’t reprint accurately, has an interview with Hiroki Sato and the usual number of articles.
Francois Tigeot gave talks at EuroBSDCon and XDC 2014, and he’s posted slide and video links. He covers DragonFly and Postgres and video drivers, or at least I assume so cause I haven’t watched them yet. There’s other BSD-specific material available too, according to his post.
John Marino updated wpa_supplicant (in dports). He then suggested moving it out of base into dports, so that it could be updated independently of the base system. (this update, for instance, took years.) Since wpa_supplicant is necessary to get some systems online – and it can’t be installed if missing if you don’t have a network link – it may be too risky. I think other packages could be moved out, myself.
Quiet for you, the reader, at least. My schedule is irregular because of work over the next few days – including the weekend – so regular posting may not resume until next week. Sorry!
For some reason, OpenSSL-using command line clients – but not any browsers – are choking on the RSS feed for this site when fetched via https. So, the site no longer defaults to https. It’s still available if you want to use it, and I’ll work on fixing the setup.
The way to see it is:
openssl s_client -connect www.dragonflydigest.com:443
You will notice an error in the output like this:
672060044:error:140790E5:SSL routines:SSL23_WRITE:ssl handshake failure:/usr/src/secure/lib/libssl/../../../crypto/openssl/ssl/s23_lib.c:184:
There’s lots of references to errors like this out there – many different, some for bugs long fixed. I daresay it’s a configuration screwup I haven’t figured out yet; I’ve noticed that adding -tls1 or -no_tls1 or -ssl2 or -ssl3 to the above command makes the problem go away.
I spent a good chunk of this weekend at work for various reasons, so it’s a slightly less long list. On the plus side, I know a bit more about setting up fiber links now.
- On the Design of Editors for Small Computers. Pre-vi, pre-emacs. (via)
- Rob Pike: Reflections on Window Systems. Video. (via)
- Writing a Simple Operating System – From Scratch. PDF. (via)
- tilde.club, an effort to resurrect the ~/username web page. Wish I had got in. (via many places)
- The “Mark I“, (one of) the first programmable computers, designed in 1937.
- Cool-retro-term, another analog terminal simulator. (via)
- A progress update on the Novena computer, with significant manufacturing detail.
- An interesting paper on Alan Turing. (PDF)
- disk seeks are slow don’t do them. SQLite internals. (via)
- BadUSB, which naturally leads to USB Condom.
Your unrelated image of the week:
I’m getting a new pet tomorrow.
- FreeBSD 10.1 beta 3 is out – though it may be superseded by the time this article is published.
- pkg is apparently supported in Salt and cdist. (via)
- DiscoverBSD’s September BSD release list.
- DiscoverBSD’s news roundup for 2014/09/29.
- The September BSD Magazine is out. (via)
- Undeadly has links to (all?) the EuroBSDCon 2014 OpenBSD papers.
- OpenBSD 5.6 is available for pre-order, and at a new store.
- Can’t tell if this is a joke or just dumb. No, it’s not a real problem.
- Here’s an OpenBSD conversation about routing table changes and flaky ISPs, though much of it could apply to any BSD.
- I daresay this counts as Shellshock fallout.
- pkgsrc-2014Q3 is out and announced.
- No more cvsup for FreeBSD.
Since the switch to https here, the RSS feed has been having trouble, as several people reported. I haven’t had time to look into it much so far. Though I suppose it’s only likely that you are reading this if you are unaffected by it.
The powersaving page on dragonflybsd.org has seen a bunch of updates; this should be handy even if you aren’t on battery power that often.
BSDTalk 245 is up, with 7 minutes from Will Backman, the host. He’s setting up new storage for the (long!) history of BSDTalk podcasts, and he asks what people are using for ~ on the Internet.
At least, I assume NYCBUG’s meeting is tonight. It’s at BXL Cafe, and you can see the details in the announcement email. No RSVP required this time, because it’s a bar, so perhaps all you need is a liver.
Markus Pfeiffer has imported FreeBSD’s if_lagg to DragonFly. It’s for talking LACP over multiple network ports, so that the traffic from those multiple ports can be aggregated – if what’s on the other end generally understands LACP. (Failover mode may not count.) Please test if you have that sort of surfeit of network ports.
There’s a few more days of freeze for the pkgsrc-2014Q3 release of pkgsrc. Normally I’d save this for the weekend In Other BSDs, but that’d be too late.
I have an excellent mix of links this week, I think. I like to have multiple links on multiple topics.
- Xenix 1.0, stuck on the 286. The second operating system licensed from Microsoft by IBM, and it was a type of Unix. (via)
- 50 Years of Moog. (via)
- Uselessd. (via)
- The End of Linux. (via)
- Revitalizing the Perl Power Tools. AKA the Unix Revitalization Project. It’s possible to contribute; this is something I’d like to see modernized. (via)
- Culture Stories: Introduction and Milk. I like the “I gave stuff away and eventually everyone did” part of the story. (via)
- mdp, a Markdown-based presentation maker. I like the concept and the animated gif used to demonstrate it.
- Remarkable, a Markdown editor with a WYSIWYD (what you see is what you did) component. Does it run on BSD? Dunno. Markdown is one of those deceptively good ideas that’s becoming accepted in part because it’s unowned.
- Edit: A Relaxing Mix of Vi and Acme. This is going to be the exact blend someone wanted and didn’t know it. (via)
- From Vim to Emacs+Evil chaotic migration guide. It’d be better as “Chaotic Evil”. You know what I’m alluding to, nerd. (via)
- Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car. Is building Faraday cages for your own things going to be a lucrative business 5 years from now? (via)
- Forth Salon. (via)
- The Craft of Text Editing. (via)
- Programming Sucks. (seen many places but this time via)
- Current Status: (via)
Not even trying source links this week; there’s plenty else to link.
- FreeBSD 10.2 Beta 2 is out. (has been out, but this is the announcement.)
- The Open Source Software Engagement Award. An excellent, excellent move by Colin Percival.
- Shuffling Partitions on FreeBSD.
- Outlining Thin Linux. The article linked to described a stripped down Linux that doesn’t have package dependencies just to run. That’s what BSD has been for several decades now…
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/09/22.
- pfSense has reached 2.2-beta.
- “Can you recommend a good laptop that runs BSD well?“
- NetBSD on the Raspberry Pi. (via)
- Bash and PC-BSD.
- The OpenBSD 5.6 theme song.
- EuroBSDCon 2014 is going on right now. (via)
I normally post these on Thursday night, but I didn’t see it in my RSS feed. I think this one feed is behind. In any case, Episode 056 is a lengthy interview with Peter Wemm about the FreeBSD project infrastructure. Allan and Kris are at EuroBSDCon, so I expect there will be some European BSD people getting interviewed in upcoming episodes.
There’s a new bash vulnerability that could be a problem for a network-facing machine that happens to use bash. (See here for test.) As a BSD user, you can feel somewhat smugly superior since the default shell is tcsh and therefore it may not affect you – unless you’ve installed it from dports.
John Marino has already updated dports. A new binary is forthcoming, though you can always rebuild by hand if you don’t want to wait.
Update: oh, wait, not done.
Matthew Dillon hasn’t committed anything to DragonFly in several days… cause he just got married! Congratulations to the newly married couple.
Lots of links this week.
- Device names. (via)
- xscreensaver 5.30 is out, along with a story of how much work jwz put into the first version of Lament.
- One Thing Well mentions toybox, which I think is similar to busybox, but BSD-licensed.
- This hard drive still worked. (via)
- Unix: Scripting with templates.
- Road to Rust 1.0 (via joris on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- Intel Edison. Processors have become a sort of monoculture in the last 5-10 years; it’s good to see variety coming back at the small scale. (via sjg on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- Bézier Clock (via I forget, sorry)
- Bézier Method. (via)
- wasavi, vi in most any web browser text area.
- How to become a GOOD theoretical physicist by Gerard ‘t Hooft. (via)
- Impossible Cookware and Other Triumphs of the Penrose Tile. (via)
- HPN-SSH – high performance SSH, as anyone who has scp’d a large file would want. (via)
- Lost Lessons from 8-Big BASIC. BASIC programming was very … immediate.(also via)
- Booting directly into Vim. (via)
- Memory Management Reference. (via)
- ENIACinaction.com, about the first modern computer, in the 1940s. (via SIGCIS)
- The Ig Nobel prizes for 2014 are announced.
- XScreenSaver on YouTube.
- World’s longest traceroutes.
Low on the source links this week, but there’s plenty else.
- TrueOS, CD-sized. Warning: lots of ads on that page. (via)
- FreeBSD with a swap file instead of a swap partition. (via)
- FreeNAS in VMWare Workstation, part 1. Lots of screenshots, little explanation. (via)
- FreeBSD 10.1 Beta 1 is available.
- A summary of the OpenBSD GSoC systemd compatibility program.
- DiscoverBSD news summary for 2014/09/15.
- Minix 3.3, with NetBSD userland and pkgsrc.
- pkgsrc is now frozen in preparation for pkgsrc-2014Q3.
- A pkgsrc pbulk cwrappers test.
- PC-BSD gains pc-sysconfig, a system configuration utility.
- Lumina supports OpenBSD now too.
- FreeBSD has upgraded to OpenPAM “Ourouparia”.
- OpenBSD has dropped sendmail.
- openbsd-misc@ had discussion about low-power servers, with the APU mentioned often. (see below for update)
- From talk@nycbug, some cheap BSD laptop ideas. (look for “Cheap Laptops…” thread)
Update: from talk@nycbug, George Rosamond gives a nice APU setup summary.
There’s been so much work in DragonFly recently that makes a desktop easier (i915 support, dports, and so on), that I decided to resurrect an older Dell machine and use it as my desktop.
The Dell that I’m using is a leftover from someone else’s workplace; it’s 7 years old, and has “only” 4G of RAM and a Core 2 DuoE6600 CPU in it. It works, however.
Setting up DragonFly and installing xorg and so on is pretty straightforward. Using dports makes it crazy quick to add all the packages. I went for XFCE4 because I could. Starting X gave me some trouble at first; the default config couldn’t find the mouse and would eventually crash.
Running ‘X -configure’ created a xorg.conf file I could edit, and these lines in /etc/rc.conf gave me a working mouse:
moused_enable="YES" moused_type="auto" moused_port="/dev/ums0"
The crashing problem with my radeon-driven video card was fixed by turning off the acceleration – uncommenting this line in xorg.conf did it:
Video performance isn’t as nice as I would like it with acceleration, but this is an older machine anyway.
I couldn’t get sound working. Francois Tigeot has a branch of DragonFly that contains newer sound drivers brought over from FreeBSD, here:
git://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/~ftigeot/dragonfly.git (pcm_2014_september branch.)
It doesn’t support device cloning, so I can run Youtube videos and XMMS, but not audio from both at the same time. (for instance; not that you’d want to do this other than by accident)
I installed x11/webfonts, and web pages look a bit better after changing my default font preferences.
And… that’s about it. It’s a working desktop. Digging up a half-height video card that has working acceleration is a next step, but I can’t imagine that’ll be expensive. I wish I had done this a long time ago.
BSDNow 055 has the normal news items, and an interview with Adrian Chadd, who has dome a lot of work on FreeBSD network device drivers (and some coordination with DragonFly, too, thank you Adrian), plus a lengthy news roundup.
Markus Pfeiffer has made it possible to control your laptop’s backlight using ACPI – if you have a i915 chipset and DragonFly. xbacklight does not work, but setting hw.acpi.video.lcd0.brightness does.
I need to get a legit certificate for this domain. I’ve never done serious https cert shopping – who has, and what’s your opinion of the vendors? (“Not Network Solutions” I can already guess).
I didn’t even notice, because this has been a difficult week for me, but I’ve hit over 6,000 posts on the Digest. I passed the 11-year mark too, a few weeks ago.
- Wee Ada Lovelace. From a wee series, though this is the only computer-related one.
- Being Productive with Emacs, part 1. (via)
- The guy who didn’t invent email but really wants everyone to think so. (via)
- Git Pretty. It’s a chart! (via)
- How is a binary executable organized? Let’s explore it! Linux binaries, but mostly still applies. (via)
- The network nightmare that ate my week. (via)
- In a weird coincidence, the person who wrote that last link, Garrett Wollman, used to be a FreeBSD core team member and also knows a former coworker of mine, Scott Fybush. No point, just a strange connection when a faceless web page on the Internet resolves into someone you know indirectly through other channels.
- Modernizing “less”. I’d be happier if it improved function, and was sent upstream. (via)
- Breaking Madden: Jadeveon Clowney’s quest for 201 sacks in a game. I’ve posted links to prior gamebreaking attempts by this author before. I like how he’s doing his best to subvert the digital world presented by the game.
- The Semantics of Software. “There are many parts to a praise-worthy open source project”. Read that section especially. (via)
- The math is a bit beyond me, but I’d like to model the wifi signal in my home this way. (via)
- “I want a sensible phone, not a smart phone“. This is why I’m still using a 4-year-old HTC Incredible – though it’s showing its age. (via)
- Sweat the small stuff. I like the attention to detail, and the animated examples of what he’s doing with his software. (via)
I’m doing this little extra feature because I ran into several news items over the past week or so that made me say “what the hell?” out loud to my monitor.
Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager. All? Almost all? Linux distributions use gparted, which is open source and can be updated. Why not add to that? Also, it’s yet another preannouncement about how this new replacement tool will work – it’s not functional yet.
Text streams should be the fallback interface in Unix. Every 2 or 3 years someone gets this idea in some form – somehow it doesn’t overcome 40+ years of text usage.
Revisiting How We Put Together Linux Systems. Nobody can find fault with ideas like easier package management and signing. (Though maybe having the same upgrade mechanism for base + 3rd party software isn’t a good idea) However. this answer, coming from part of the group behind systemd, ties all software installation into having a btrfs volume – even requiring a virtual btrfs volume if there isn’t one installed. Incompatible software versions are dealt with by turning /usr into a sort of container. That kills any sort of need to interoperate with other software. And of course it assumes there is no Unix but Linux. (via)
Grump grump grump.
This has been a very hectic week for me, but I still have links for you.
- The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System book is getting a significant update.
- Install Snort on FreeBSD. That place isn’t too far from me. (via)
- uGet, Open Source Lightweight Download Manager, is Now Available for BSD.
- loksh, a Linux port of OpenBSD’s ksh.
- 2Q buffer cache in OpenBSD.
- DiscoverBSD’s news summary for 2014/09/08.
- PC-BSD’s 10.0.3 quarterly package update is out.
- People are noticing the OpenBSD GSoC systemd replacement project.
- “GCC is by far the weirdest compiler I’ve ever used.“
- FreeBSD now supports the Dream Cheeky Webmail Notifier.
- FreeBSD has a ARM-based FPGA core programming tool. Not sure if that’s the right phrase.
- FreeBSD’s bootloader can now talk to the pcibios.
- Also, the UEFI bootloader can now talk serial/null console.
- Thanks for the BSD help, Microsoft!?
- procfs is gone from OpenBSD.
- Low power server discussion, in a home context.
- Building pkgsrc using cwrappers and pbulk.
- How to get Bitrig on ARM.
In a bit of perfect timing, PC-BSD’s desktop environment, Lumina, has been ported to DragonFly, thanks to mneumann! It’s not in dports yet, but it should be buildable from source…
BSDNow 054 has an interview with Ken Moore of PC-BSD about the just-released-as-a-port Lumina desktop environment, along with a slew of news items and a Lumina walkthrough.
The Digest is now located at dragonflydigest.com (or dragonflybsddigest.com if you are really into typing). Everything else should be generally the same, and old links still work. I’m only 8 or 9 years late in getting a real domain name attached…
I finished almost this entire thing just on September 1st. I blame school season restarting. Speaking of which, O’Reilly’s running a 50% off ebooks sale.
- VAXen, My Children, Just Don’t Belong In Some Places. (via)
- Taking it to Th’emacs. (via)
- Running old UNIXes on the Raspberry Pi. (via)
- In the Mind of the Fractal King. A reconstructed Benoit Mandelbrot interview. Does each question match the structure of the overall text? (via)
- How I Start: Go. (via)
- How to Secure SSH with Google Authenticator’s Two-Factor Authentication. Can you do this on BSD? I hope so. (via)
- A 4-minute film about IBM culture – mostly before computing as we’d know it, from a longer 2011 film. (via SIGCIS)
- Unix: Better network connection insights with mtr.
- It’s a trap! Employment documents that require you to violate company policy. I had a similar situation once, handling abuse@ email for a Time Warner affiliate. I have some horrifying stories from that…
- The truth about 2 spaces after the end of a sentence. (via)
- Classic Papers in Programming Languages and Logic. Set aside some time for this. (via)
- Building my own home router, part 1. I can figure out the other hardware – I just need a low-cost 24-port gigabit ethernet card so I can build a home switch. Yeah, yeah, I know. (via)
- thx nsa.
- The things that will last on the internet are not owned. (via)
- Why do you think tech books don’t sell like they used to? (via)
Why is it so warm out? I want autumn to start.
- BSD compared to Linux, an explanation.
- A description of what rcctl does. (via several places)
- NetBSD runs on the OpenRISK 1000.
- tmux-resurrect, making tmux survive machine restarts.
- OpenBSD version numbering explained.
- PC-BSD has its own subreddit.
- Lumina is now available as a port – will it work on DragonFly? Someone try!
- DiscoverBSD news for 2014/09/01.
- NetBSD 5 systems now use modular xorg.
- The 2014Q3 pkgsrc freeze is coming up.
- PXE installs of OpenBSD with Serva.
- Are you a “connoisseur of old time stamps“?
- FreeBSD has some support for the Altera SOCFPGA.
- Your cross-pollination moment of the week.
- Yes, it runs (Retro)BSD.
This very long commit message from Sepherosa Ziehau details the UDP changes he’s made. It’s mostly technical details, but at the end he mentions this little tidbit:
“For ‘kq_connect_client -u’ test, this commit gives 400% performance improvement (31Kconns/s -> 160Kconns/s).”
If you are on DragonFly, using pf, using altq, and using fairq to control usage, there’s a latency bug that Matthew Dillon recently fixed. He’s posted an announcement and committed fixes to master and 3.8, so it’s only an upgrade away.
Not the first time that pun has been deployed, of course, but: BSDNow 053 has a Hammer tutorial, along with an interview of Reyk Floeter about OpenBSD’s httpd, along with the usual recent news and some links to some things I haven’t seen, like pfSense tricks.
You can now start moused with an argument, so it will look at the right device. In most cases, I imagine “
/etc/rc.d/moused start ums0” will be what anyone wants. Credit to Michael Neumann for the update. Perhaps
moused_flags="ums0" will do it too? I haven’t tried yet.
This will overwrite your /etc/devd.conf.
If you are using the ATI Mach64 drm driver on DragonFly, Francois Tigeot would like to know. He’s done something that breaks it, but he’s making the educated guess that this more-than-10-years-old card is no longer in use.
Because of some structure changes made by Matthew Dillon while chasing a pf bug, you will need to do a full buildworld/buildkernel on your next update – if you are running DragonFly-master. 3.8 users are unaffected by the bug or the change.
The server that hosts shiningsilence.com is getting old, and it’s time for me to go to 64-bit DragonFly. It’s audience opinion time: what have you purchased lately, and liked? What would you suggest?
A relatively trim list for the holiday weekend.
- You have ruined HTML. (via)
- Do you want to enjoy this? (via)
- Useful Unix commands for exploring data. (via)
- The most unintentionally tragic tech advert we’ve ever seen.
- Doom 3 in Ada. (via)
- The Beauty of Roots. (via)
- Shift Happens. Notable for the revenue difference between Apple and IBM.
- Distributed big balls of mud. Microservices are not the answer. (via)
- Unix/Linux trick: ‘cd’ back to the previous directory. I forget this. (via)
- The LISA14 schedule is out.
- 30 layers of NAT. (via EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- Submarine Cable Map 2014. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: “Horse.” One of my favorite single panels of all time.
I went from 1 link to lots all in one night.
- DiscoverBSD’s news roundup for 2014/08/25.
- The Bitrig website has been redesigned, probably to prep for a 1.0 version “soon”.
- Do any of the BSDs have an equivalent to initramfs?
- FreeBSD now has /etc/rc.conf.d/<service> subdirectories.
- PC-BSD 10.0.3-RC2 has been tagged.
- The roadmap for PC-BSD’s Lumina has been updated.
- And here’s a preview of what Lumina looks like and can do.
- NetBSD now supports the (rare) arcofi(4) sound device.
- NetBSD now has direct I/O for FUSE.
- OpenBSD no longer needs rtsol(8) or rtsold(8).
- OpenBSD is very close to replacing man with mandoc.
- A script for OpenBSD and WPA&WPA2 Enterprise / LEAP connections.
- Via openbsd-misc, how to set up IPv6 tunneling over IPv4 and IPSec.
- So I wanted to try out BSD…
- A week of pkgsrc #4.
- The FreeBSD Foundation has an IPSec improvement project started.
- VMWare Tools for FreeBSD 10. I could really use VMWare Tools for DragonFly.
- DesktopBSD is attempting a comeback, and here’s discussion.
- A thread about drive reliability. To paraphrase something else: “In the long run, they’re all dead.”
It seems pkg 1.3.6 was slightly scrambled. If you happen to have built and installed it, John Marino has special instructions on how to update to 1.3.7. If you are on DragonFly 3.8, you can follow those instructions now, and if you are on 3.9, that repo should be ready for an update in the next few days.
It’s not about taxes, but reverse SSH tunnels. Episode 052 is also an interview with Shawn Webb about ASLR in FreeBSD, along with the normal commentary and news.
They also catch BIND’s removal in FreeBSD and OpenBSD, but not in DragonFly, which I just realized I should have linked before.
I ended up with this server rebooting as we were affected by Time Warner’s giant outage. In the process of rebooting, I found I must have done an upgrade and forgotten to reboot to make sure everything still worked, as mod_php had disappeared and mysql decided it didn’t want to work. Things appear to be OK now…
You should perform a full world and kernel install if on master.
Several people (including me) have been getting bit by a problem: when performing an installworld with a changed kernel, the vn kernel module is loaded, but it was built by the previous kernel and may cause problems when it doesn’t match up.
To fix that, vn is now built in, instead of being a separate module. The rescue initrd (which is what is being mounted when it has this problem) is now installed via a ‘make rescue‘ command that can wait until a successful installworld and reboot.
I hope you like your links eclectic!
- A Tale of Postmortems. As a work strategy, this strategy can restore trust that would otherwise be lost when people outside IT/Engineering experience problems. (via)
- Unix: Viewing your processes through the eyes of /proc.
- “Writing Aliens”, or, “Duchamp, Markov, Queneau: A Mostly Delightful Quilt” Data patterns as seen by a science fiction author, and how it comes out in history and twitter. Really, a good presentation just for the range it covers. More bits on the author’s blog. (via)
- A brief history of USB, what it replaced, and what has failed to replace it. I was just thinking the other day about how much I hated PS/2 connectors, especially because I encountered a KVM switch in a rack that didn’t do USB. (via)
- How Flash changes the design of database storage engines. It’s funny that when people say “Flash” nowadays, they mean the disk product, not the software.
- Tweetable Mathematical Art. (via)
- RGB LEDs that change color if a Server has a problem/is not responding. (via)
- Not Rocket Science. An astonishingly good idea. (also via)
- Years later, this image still gives me a mild jolt of panic.
- Halfassed implementations of SSH are no fun.
- Thursday, IRL. I just like the expression he makes.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: John Pound, one of the original Garbage Pail Kids artists, nowadays creates his art by coding it – mostly by writing out Postscript. He doesn’t draw sketchbooks – he generates them. (via)
Another long list. These are making my Friday nights take some extra effort.
- Oolite, an open source game based on Elite. Yes, it runs on BSD. I’m surprised I haven’t posted about it before. (via)
- My Experience Switching from Slackware Linux to FreeBSD.
- A week of pkgsrc, #3.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/08/18.
- OpenBSD is gaining a rcctl(8) tool for automation.
- Phabricator on FreeBSD installation notes.
- 20 years of FreeBSD ports.
- “Does BSD perform disk caching less aggressively?” I bet the person asking was using two different machines at different times with different loads, which means he doesn’t know what he’s looking for.
- The FreeBSD Foundation’s August Update is out.
- Some people don’t like pkg.
- The EuroBSDCon 2014 travel grant has been extended, and Google has grants to bring more female computer scientists there.
- Spatializer support in NetBSD.
- NetBSD is keeping up with the gpl2 version of GNU Make.
- PC-BSD 10.0.3-RC1 has been tagged.
- FreeBSD has a new automounter.
- FreeBSD has a set of keymap conversion tools. Might be useful to someone?
- FreeBSD now goes up to 256 CPUs. (I thought this already happened?)
- Yay cross-pollination!
- Apparently people don’t pay attention to file contents.
- IPv6 tunneling on OpenBSD.
- OpenBSD has replaced BIND with unbound in the base system.
DragonFly’s using pkg 1.3, at least on master, and I’ve seen a few people report an error message when performing ‘pkg upgrade’. The error message usually includes something like:
pkg: need to re-create repo Avalon to upgrade schema vers
If you get this, do ‘pkg update -f’ and it will complete.
DragonFly’s dhclient will now retry failed interfaces and handle being re-run gracefully. This is a blessing for anyone who has had a flaky link. Matthew Dillon’s made two other improvements for booting that will also improve boot time when networks go missing.
Here’s a nice advantage for dports and DragonFly: since it’s an overlay on FreeBSD ports, it’s possible to move to newer or different versions of software without waiting for it to happen in FreeBSD. For example: there’s a newer version of the xorg intel driver now in dports – newer than what’s in ports.
If you are tracking DragonFly master, your next kernel build should be full, not quick.
If you have a DragonFly system with an iwn wireless chipset, and you are having trouble connecting and running in the 5Ghz part of the spectrum only, here’s a tip: the -ht switch may fix it.
For once, a shorter week.
- One of the better telemarketer things I’ve ever read… and I realized what he was trying halfway through, cause I maintain the same models. (via)
- Password Gropers Take the Spamtrap Bait. Peter Hansteen is the same person who found the Hail Mary Cloud.
- Pseudo Automata, Fakes & Robot costumes. (via a Kickstarter email)
- Input, a non-monospaced coding font, with a preview. (via)
- Unix: Gaining network insights with tcpdump.
- Are you near Shenzen? This hacker camp may interest you.
- UNIX Wildcards Gone Wild. (via joris on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated. Sometimes drawn versions are better than any text. (via)
- Ten Years of OpenStreetMap. OSM is one of those things that I’m happy it just exists.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Wrenchies. I like Farel Dalrymple’s style.
Bonus unrelated: New Cyriak video!
A calm week, for once.
- mandoc 1.13.1 is out.
- The July/August issue of the FreeBSD Journal is out.
- A week of pkgsrc #2.
- Thinking about coming to FreeBSD from Arch.
- Steam client on FreeBSD?
- NetBSD sysinst now supports extended partitions, from an older GSoC project.
- NetBSD has a nouveau importing script.
- NetBSD has Embedded Kermit.
- NetBSD 7 has been branched.
- FreeBSD xen can now manage physical hardware.
- OpenBSD distribution is moving, so last chance on some of the merch.
- If you just want to donate to OpenBSD, here’s a conversation about it. (hint: CDs)
- tcpdump on OpenBSD is ancient; if you need circular logfiles, there’s manual ways to do that.
- Now’s a good time to check on the roadmap for Lumina, PC-BSD’s desktop environment.
- A video conversation about FreeNAS and TrueNAS.